Alex’s Newspaper Report.

In the shadows; Wesham at Hawkshead

Wesham won the overall team in the fourth fixture of this year’s Inter Club Grand Prix hosted by Thornton at Anchorsholme as Rob Danson scored another runaway victory. The Wesham masters’ team were also winners in a good result for the club. Full results and report next week.

There were four Wesham runners in the Sabden 6 Mile Trail Race, the next fixture in the Wesham Trail Championships, with Paul Gregory finishing 25th and 4th M40 in 43:03. Elliot Costello finished 120th with a plucky run in 54:10. Kath Hoyer was 21st woman and 2nd W55 in 152nd place over all in a time of 57:57. Dave Young finished 3rd M70 in a tough field in 209th place overall in 66:53.

Rob Danson did not take up the challenge but there was a good Wesham contingent at the Hawkshead 10k on Wednesday evening, third race in the Kendal AC Series. David Taylor was the first Wesham finisher in 7th place with an excellent run in 36:42 over the undulating course round Esthwaite Water. Chris Hastwell was 14th in 39:01, and Thomas Crabtree was 20th in 40:36. Neil Gregson ran well to finish 26th in 41:38, and Steve Myerscough came in 30th with 42:03. Gary Pendlebury won the M60 category in 42:46 and finished 37th overall, and Peter Cruse was 9th M50 and 52nd in 44:30. Helen Lawrenson placed 7th woman and 1st W40 in 45:24, 59th overall, and Maureen Danson was 49th woman and 157th overall in 56:27, with James Danson 158th in the same time. Peter Bartlett who loves his runs in the Lake District finished 2nd M70 and 165th overall in 58:02.

Jonathan Sanderson finished 59th in the Crazy Cow 10k race on a new route from Walton-le-dale on a revamped event in Preston on Sunday morning, recording 48:53 for the 6.2 miles. Finlay McCalman finished 114th in 53:10, and Paul Carter was 224th with 59:42. Sharlan Butcher finished 273rd in 61:46.

The Lytham Hall parkrun was cancelled last week due to Lytham Club Day but Wesham members travelled to neighbouring events for their Saturday morning run. Tracey Hulme was out at South Manchester’s Platts Field and she ran 24:24 for a W55 age graded performance of 74.18%.  In the Preston parkrun in Avenham Park Robert Brown ran 27:17 for an M60 grade of 59.32% and Martin Allison and Jo McCaffery clocked 27:56 for M35 47.20% and W40 55.07%. Linda Cartwright ran a debut and she recorded 35:45 for W45 45.78%.  Emma Brook was at Chester-le-Street in the Riverside run, producing 29:37 for a W35 50.65 age graded percentage. Martin Bates was at the Fell Foot run near Newby Bridge and he ran 29:37 over the country course for an M60 grade of 50.65%. At Market Harborough in Welland Park Peter Rooney ran 25:30 for M60 62.88% and Julie Rooney clocked 30:47 for W45 51.60%; both of these were new personal bests for this course. Back home in Blackpool’s Stanley Park Rob Wallace ran 22:53 for a 56.37% age graded performance and Dave Marsland made an M60 grade of 70.72% with his time of 23:17. Keith Wilding clocked 23:18 for a new personal best with M60 70.03% with Andrew Moore running 25:40 for M55 60.91%. Finlay McCalman ran 26:16 with an M55 grade of 58.50%.  At the Clitheroe Castle run David Taylor had the second fastest time of the day with 18:27 for an age grade of 70.46%. Steven Gore ran 20:31 for M35 65.56% and Vicky Gore 27:24 for W40 57.00%. On Fleetwood Promenade Steve Littler returned the fastest time of the day with a swift 16:25 for an M45 grade of 86.40%, easily this week’s best performance for a Wesham member. Peter Cruse ran an excellent 20:45 for M55 74.40% and Jonathan Lawson clocked a 21:57 First Timer performance for M50 67.73%. Suzanne Leonard and George Kennedy ran 23:15 for W45 71.25% and M60 69.61% respectively. Dave Young recorded 25:47 for an M70 grade of 69.23%. Gemma Owen was away at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh and she ran 30:14 for W35 50.28%.